Wheaton Park District dedicates restored World War I memorial
By SUBURBAN LIFE MEDIA
WHEATON – The Wheaton Park District received a $2,000 matching grant from the United States World War I Centennial Commission to restore the World War I Obelisk Monument in Northside Park. The restored monument was dedicated on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
Five hundred men from the Wheaton area enlisted in World War I from 1917 through 1919, 13 of whom died in service. In 1922, a memorial consisting of two bronze plaques with the names of all 500 men was mounted on an obelisk and placed at the Warren L. Wheaton home at Roosevelt and Naperville roads. Five hundred ash trees were planted along Roosevelt Road leading up to the obelisk to create Wheaton’s Road of Remembrance.
When the road was widened in 1931, the trees were moved to various parks throughout the city, and a new obelisk was built at Northside Park five years later. The original bronze plaques were reinstalled and remained unrestored until this year.